I never use real patterns when sewing my clothes, but today I’m making an exception since some of my amazing seamstress friends just came out with a gorgeous new women’s top pattern collection. It has four fabulous tops in the collection, and I chose to make the Parisian top since I’ve been wanting a top with a peter pan collar. I love how it came out. I’d planned on a solid color collar, but when I stumbled upon this polka dot fabric in my stash, I knew it was perfect — I’m a sucker for pattern mixing, you know, and the combination felt so French to me (and I’m a sucker for anything French too…).

These sewing patterns are so fun, universally flattering, and super easy to make…I busted my whole thing out in under two hours (I’m the worlds slowest sewer, so that’s super fast for me). I did take the liberty of omitting the band at the waist (and extending the length of the top) since waistbands aren’t super flattering on me, but besides that I followed it exactly and it came together so easily and perfectly!

The Pattern Tour is going on all this week — follow along on their facebook page and see a bunch of other fabulous seamstresses making pieces from this collection! Also, the pattern collection is currently 40% off, so snag one now and make yourself a few fabulous pieces for spring!

top: made by me 
(pattern by Pattern Anthology, striped knit c/o Girl Charlee & polka dot cotton from my scrap stash)
jeans: similar
hat: similar
earrings: c/o Jacaranda Designs
bag: c/o sassy steals
flats: similar


  1. Andrea says:

    So cute! Love the fabric choices! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Anne says:

    I love this outfit! Effortless and adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ms. Walk takes some great photos! And you make some great outfits ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

  4. Stef says:

    Oh, I loooove the black and white stripe polka dot combo! You look amazing!!

  5. maria says:

    love girl charlee. they have all my favorite knits! love the pattern mixing!

  6. I'm obsessed with this look! You are too cute girl ๐Ÿ™‚
    xo TJ


  7. Ahhhh, LOVE it! You look amazing, Merrick!

  8. chalayn says:

    I LOVE that top and wondered if you had made it yourself. You're so talented!

    But, yeah, that top is perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just love black/white, stripes/polka dots, and a Peter Pan collar.

  9. Johanna says:

    This is SUCH a fabulous look – I just want to steal it right off you! It would never fit, because I'm probably a good 6 inches taller than you, but I could, you know, stare at it. Okay, I'm gonna leave now before this gets any weirder..

  10. I love this outfit! That hat is so adorable! http://www.dressingdallas.com

  11. Delia says:

    Love this! You look amazing!

  12. Kristina says:

    This is so adorable, I love the pattern you chose for the collar!

    Kristina does the Internets

  13. Courtney D. says:

    This is adorable! Do you remember what the fabric was called? I can't seem to find it on Girl Charlee.

  14. Annika says:

    stripes and polka dots? perfect!

  15. kate says:

    Love this Merrick! The fabric combination is spot on! Thanks so much for posting about this for us!!

  16. Navya says:

    You're really talented merrick. While I don't think I would ever sew in my life, I come over to your posts for inspiration that I can share to my tailor or clothes I should buy…. either way your style s amazing

  17. Do you have a tutorial on the blog for your top? I would love to make one!


  18. Tilly says:

    I love this! The prints you've combined look great. Might just have to get this pattern…

  19. Perfect!! It looks so good. Sadly I've had mine printed out for over a week and have yet to make it. Soon though!! Great job:).

  20. Landen says:

    I love the combo! So cute! And that hat. Especially the hat. Great color.

  21. Thanks so much for featuring our fabric, the top looks amazing! Just to update you, http://www.girlcharlee.co.uk is now supplying high quality, exclusive knit fabrics to Europe. We offer cheap shipping and 10% off your first order. We also offer Free Shipping on orders over ยฃ50 to the UK. We currently have http://www.girlcharlee.co.uk/black-and-white-stripe-cotton-jersey-blend-knit-fabric-p-3653.html amd also a beautiful ponte http://www.girlcharlee.co.uk/black-and-white-small-stripe-ponte-de-roma-fabric-p-9445.html?cPath=90_168 if you are looking for that classic black and white stipe! Happy sewing!

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